Top observations from Uganda Netball in 2022

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By Morris Rawal

UG Sports Entertainment spotlights the successes of netball as a sport and bottlenecks faced in the year 2022.

The last round of the 2021/22 season and the start of the 2022/23 season were both Uganda Netball Super League seasons in 2022.

The league that season was won by NIC NC.

Shakirah Nassaka, the captain and defender for Weyonje, was chosen the MVP during the celebration of the season’s top players, while Matovu Bashir was named the best male player.

The 2022–23 season is now on break after the first round; KCCA is still in first place and the only team that has not lost.

Gate collections for games, particularly at Kamwokya, began this year, while attendance is still low and advertising is still insufficient.

Three separate venues—Kamwokya Community Sports Center, Bombo, and Busia—have hosted league games.

The She Cranes, The Awakening Giants

The She Cranes’ success this year began in June with the first regional tours, during which the national team traveled the country to introduce the sport to locals and to get ready for the Commonwealth Games.

The five regions they reached were Buganda, the Eastern, Western, Northern, West Nile, and the Kampala Region.

The She Cranes squad had a successful performance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, finishing fifth for the first time in the competition’s history, the greatest result for the pearl of Africa, and defeating South Africa as well.

At the Fast5 World Netball Series in New Zealand, the netballers, a highly regarded squad, were a crowd favorite. The competition used modified Fast5 regulations and has been compared to rugby sevens and Twenty20 cricket. Five players per side, shorter quarters, power plays, and super shots are just a few of the game’s dramatic regulation modifications.

Uganda overcame the unbeaten world’s number one team, the Australian Diamonds, in a statement match. However, the team was denied a victory against the England Roses because of questionable officiating, which prevented the team from moving on to the semi-finals.

The netball federation was once again in the news for reportedly paying the players a pitiful Shs50,000 despite the She Cranes’ outstanding results! When the squad returned from the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where they finished as the top-rated African side after defeating South Africa, who had previously been ranked first in Africa, the same sum was given to the players at Entebbe International Airport.

The Netball World Cup, which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, in July, and the Africa Netball Championship, which will be held in Uganda in 2023, are the primary events that will headline Uganda Netball Federation.

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